There’s an unexpectedly sombre tone to this teaser trailer for the first film in the next phase of the Transformers franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, which appears to feature an evil Optimus Prime and the first big screen appearance of Unicron. Certainly the reaction from fans – despite the predictable “Michael Bay is crap” kneejerk reactions from some – seems to be a cautious thumbs up to what looks like a new direction. Could that much-reported “writers’ room” that Bay assembled to reshape the franchise have had the desired effect? Maybe. Or maybe the trailer is just hiding the embarrassing comedy shtick for the moment. We hope not, because so far, this is actually looking promising.
Transformers: The Last Knight is written by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down). Ian Bryce, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto are producing the sequel. It is set for a UK release on 23 June 2017.